Artist statement: ‘Your belief is a belief; my existence is a reality’ – Divina de Campo, drag queen. Homosexuality is still a crime in at least 74 countries, 13 of which impose death by public stoning as a penalty. ‘The prayer rug’, is a non-apologetic work for the double standard of society that we live in. An instalment which does not seek approval to accept homosexuality. This self-portrait is a testament to how we have been manipulated for years by hypocritical acts of atrocity whilst believers loudly quote from their holy books in the name of religion. They connect religion with politics to have control upon us. To fit their shiny image of love whilst criminalising the act of love.